Pacific Oceania Junior Championships (POJC)

Pat O Rourke writes that

“82 players from 12 Nations in Pacific Oceania took part in the 2019 events in Lautoka, Fiji at the end of July. The first week comprised a teams event for 12u national teams and individual events for 14u and 16u featuring players who had qualified earlier in the year through their regional tournaments. The regional teams events across the three age groups took place over the last three days.


The 12u teams events were battled out by 6 girls and 7 boys teams playing full round robin format so all teams played each other. The girls came down to the final tie between Samoa and Kiribati. After splitting the singles the Kiribati team of Ruth Baantarawa and Lumay Apinelu took the deciding doubles to give Kiribati the title. The boys was also a very close run event with Guam, Tahiti and Vanuatu all in with a chance of winning going into the final day. In the end Guam beat FSM and Tahiti held out Vanuatu so Guam and Tahiti finished equal on ties won. However Guam were declared boys winners as they beat Tahiti the day before.

The 14u and 16u individual competitions produced some outstanding matches and winners across a wide number of nations. Singles title winners came from Fiji, Vanuatu, French Polynesia (Tahiti) and Tuvalu. All players received at least five singles matches with playoffs for all positions from 1 to 16 held. A knockout doubles was also played but due to losing an entire day due to rain and late starts on sevenral days no consolation doubles could be fitted in.

At the end of the above competition a points system was used to determine the most successful nations. The 2019 title was won by Tahiti (845) with Vanuatu second (509) and Samoa third (499). Below is the link to the Tournament Software detailing the respective results and for the U12 Teams Event


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